Afghanistan Bomb Attack Targets Schoolgirls Killing 25: What's Going On?

The attack on schoolgirls highlights concerns that Afghanistan will slip into sectarian violence if the U.S. withdraws.
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An Afghanistan Bomb Attack Targeting Schoolgirls Kills at Least 25 People

Militants killed at least 25 people in three explosions targeting girls outside a school in a predominantly Shiite neighborhood in Kabul, officials said, an attack that could exacerbate sectarian tensions ahead of the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The blasts hit the Sayeda Shuhada school in the Dasht-e Barchi area of west Kabul, an area populated largely by the Shiite Hazara community. The area has suffered a string of deadly attacks in recent months.

A Taliban spokesman tweeted to condemn Saturday’s attack, accusing Islamic State of being behind it. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, however, blamed the Taliban. In a statement condemning the bombings, he said that “the Taliban, by intensifying their illegitimate war and violence, showed that they have no interest in a peaceful solution to the current crisis.

What's Going On?

President Biden has pledged to remove US troops by September 11.

Many in the US disagree with the withdrawal. They will of course point to this episode as proof the Taliban will take over the country as soon as the US leaves. 

Questions Abound

Why would the Taliban attack ahead of the US leaving? 

Crazy people do crazy things is one possible answer. The other possible answer is some groups in Afghanistan will do anything to keep US troops in the country.

Recall that Obama pledged to leave Afghanistan and violence immediately stepped up. 

Instead of leaving, Obama sent in more troops and the US warmongers were pleased.

Competing Claims

  1. A Taliban spokesman tweeted to condemn Saturday’s attack, accusing Islamic State of being behind it. 
  2. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, blamed the Taliban. Ghani said “the Taliban, by intensifying their illegitimate war and violence, showed that they have no interest in a peaceful solution to the current crisis.”

False Flag Analysis

While it may be true that the Taliban have no interest in a peaceful solution, they have no reason to want US troops to stay in the country defending Ghani. And escalating violence increases the odds that us troops don't leave.

Every time a US president announces intent to leave Afghanistan violence picks up. 

It happened under Obama, Trump, and now Biden. 

Someone wants the US to stay in Afghanistan.

Is the the Taliban, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, those loyal to Ghani, or simply the Shiite minority?

One of those options makes the least sense, the first one.

War Cannot Be Won

As with the Vietnam War, the war in Afghanistan cannot be won. The US should not have been there in the first place and we should not be there now.

Yes, the Taliban will likely overrun Kabul just as the Viet Cong steamrolled Saigon. But neither was our legitimate  battle. 

The US cannot be the world's policeman. Biden should stick to his plan and leave.

Mish

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